The best instagrams to follow for diet

The best instagrams to follow for diet

I love Instagram but it can be a challenging place. It’s hard to filter all the people that flood the grid with thinly veiled sales pitches and mis-truths. The best instagrams to follow for diet is a collection of just that, those instagram accounts I really trust to give me information and help me find that sweet spot for fat loss.

The Fitness Chef (@thefitnesschef_)

The Fitness Chef is a great account to follow, he’s an online Personal Trainer and his account is full of hard and fast nutrition tips with full calorie counts of items like all the burgers on the menu at Burger King and some great calorie comparisons. He subscribes to flexible dieting whilst staying in a calorie deficit for fat loss which is such an achievable method.

Comparisons like the below are a great reminder to be mindful of the things we’re eating.

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Tag a mate who needs some help preparing their work lunch 🤝 – – The prawn salad on the left is not bad as much as my prawn flatbreads on the right are not good. Instead, they are what they are – a source of energy and nutrients. – – One happens to have significantly more energy than the other across a similar volume of food. Consuming high calorie foods is not bad, as long as you’re aware of your overall energy intake in relation to your goal. – – Both these options contain protein, carbs and fat, but the main difference is shown in the fat values. On the left; 38g = 342 calories of fat, compared to 10g on the right = 90 calories from fat. The inclusion of additional protein on the right also balances it’s macronutrients more evenly. – – At the end of they day it’s up to you. The likelihood is that preparation of meals at home gives you 100% control in making them suit your goal. Whereas shopping at lunchtime gives you less control in finding something enjoyable which also suits your goal. – – Make sure you are aware of the bigger picture (daily calorie intake for your goal) and apply that mindset to the smaller pictures (each meal or snack). Eat what you enjoy, but always be aware and informed on what you consume. – – Here’s the recipe for the right hand side: – – 1️⃣ In a bowl, mix up 150g of cooked prawns, juice from 1/2 a lime, black pepper and dried coriander. 2️⃣ Chop up 1/4 of a bell pepper and add to 2 folded flatbreads, along with a small handful of spinach in each. 3️⃣ Add the prawns to the flatbreads (75g in each), put in the fridge and take to work the next day. – – #thefitnesschef #worklunch #mealprep #lunchideas #lunchbox #lunchboxideas #losefat #caloriedeficit #eatsmart #balanceddiet #highprotein #caloriecomparison #prawns #portioncontrol #caloriecounting #mfp #workfood #nutritioncoach #fatlosstips

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He also does great lists of popular fast food items with calorie counts, he’s based in the UK so it’s always best to check calorie counts for your country on an app like myfitnesspal or on the website of the venue you plan on eating at.

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Tag a McDonald’s lover, hit save and keep both you and your friends informed on the calorie values of this bunch of the franchise’s items. – – Whilst most McDonald’s item’s ingredients lack the quality and nutrient density of a whole foods, I think most of us already know this. But the pertinent thing here is that people enjoy Macdonald’s. And people will consume their items now and for years to come. This is evident by the ferocity in which Macdonald’s has dominated the fast food market for decades. – – Therefore, instead of lambasting somebody (or yourself) for choosing a Big Mac over a kale salad, why not become more aware of what consumption of their food means in simple terms. Perhaps this awareness will consequentially mean that a higher quality food is selected instead in order to fit your plan better, or simply that you are more aware that you can actually fit these items into your current, flexible diet. – – As you can see, I’ve listed these items in singularity, but when combined into a meal (and with a sugary drink), the calorie value can rise fairly high for the volume of food consumed. – – That said, what’s your go to? If you have one at all…? If your despise Macdonald’s, feel free to comment “McDonald’s can get f*cked” 😉😬😂. – – #thefitnesschef #mcdonalds #bigmac #fatloss #fastfood #calories #caloriedeficit #losebellyfat #mcflurry #mcmuffin #nutritioncoach #fatlosshelp #fatlosscoach #burgerlover #mcdonaldsbreakfast #losefat #fatlosstips #eatsmart #nutrients

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Related: How to find a gym that’s right for you

Equalution (@equalution)

Equalution are ‘body transformation experts’ – they meal plan for their clients based on flexible dieting and the 80/20 rule. Equalution post great calorie comparisons on their instagram account. I actually used their services for a while during the start of my weight loss / fat loss journey. Their instagram is great and they’re consistently showcasing great flexible dieting ideas and calorie comparisons.

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Whether in your coffee ☕️, on your cereal 🥣 or just as it is 🥛 MILK DRINKERS LISTEN UP 💡 How many calories in your choice of milk⁉️⚠️ Switching to lighter variations in something you may have once, twice or multiple times a day is a good way to reduce your overall calorie intake. One area that many people fall short in caloric reduction is liquids – like milk 🥛 . Just because some edibles are liquid it doesn’t bypass energy intake and the need to be aware of it. 💥Our top tips for milk ✅ Choose skim or non fat milk if you’re choosing regular milk ✅ In the case of almond milk go for an unsweetened variation ✅ Watch your portion size (for liquid calories it can be quite dense) ✅ If you’re looking for a dairy free alternative soy (or almond milk) is lower than lactose free or coconut. Fun fact: Most soy milk brands are also fortified with similar levels of calcium to dairy milk. Some, including Sanitarium's, also contain vitamins D, B2 and B12, potassium and phosphorous! ⭐️FINAL HOURS FOR THE PRESALE20 DISCOUNT CODE FOR THE 8 WEEK CHALLENGE COMMENCING MONDAY. Link in bio 👉🏼Will your body be the next we transform⁉️📧info@equalution.com

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Carter Good (@cartergood)

Carter Good is an online fat loss coach and his instagram showcases motivating and informative posts about fat loss and diet. Sometimes they’re the little snippets in my feed that change my mindset just when I need it.

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First off, Can we take a moment to appreciate the number of tiny pizza emojis I crammed into this graphic? 🍕❤️ ⠀ Anywho, I motha-flippin’ love this graphic. It perfectly illustrates two of the biggest “whoopsy-daisies” folks make when they’re trying to lose weight… ⠀ The first mistake is on the left ❌ —> thinking that occasionally eating something “bad” or unhealthy is going to undo their hard work entirely. ⠀ The second mistake is on the right ❌—> thinking a few “good” or healthy meal will fix their evening and weekend overeating. ⠀ Here’s the Truth ✅: what you do MOST of the time is waaaa… *takes sip of coffee* …aaay more important than what you do SOME of the time ⠀ And that goes for both the “good” and the “bad.” 👌 ⠀ In other words, don’t freak out over the occasional pizza 🍕 or ice cream 🍨 or chocolate 🍫 or whatever. Instead, focus on hitting your nutrition targets and eating nutritious foods 🥗🍎 the majority of the time. ⠀ Bonus point if you can fit a few slices of Za into your daily targets w/o going over 😉🍕 ⠀ The same goes for occasionally eating healthy foods… ⠀ Don’t assume eating a salad 3-4 times a week will magically solve all your weight loss woes 🥗👎 ⠀ What you do most of the time matters most ⭐️ – If you want to make real, lasting changes to your body, then you need to find a comfortable balance between eating “fun” foods and foods that are going to benefit your health in the long run. — ⠀ ⠀ #cartergood #weightloss #losingweight #diet #dieter #dieting #nutriton #fatloss #healthydiet #weightlossplan #fitness #weightlosssupport #weightlossstruggle #nutriton #nutritioncoach #fatlosscoach #weightlosstips #weightlossjourney #salad #pizza #pizza🍕

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Lady Lolas (@lady.lolas)

Katie Lola’s is all about balanced nutrition and encouraging others to healthy meal prep. Her meal preps are fantastic (yes, she shares the recipes!) and she showcases meal prep from her followers every week.

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I originally started meal prepping to manage my IBS. Prepping my lunches meant I was guaranteed access to food that wouldn’t give me cramps or make me feel tired and bloated. I still have a sensitive stomach, however a combination of prepping and regular visits with a gastroenterologist and nutritionist have helped me to significantly improve my gut health and minimize my IBS flares. Prepping also saves me so much money and I’ve found a real passion for cooking and creating my own recipes 😍. It makes me so happy to see you guys trying out my creations! Remember to use hashtags #LLmealprep, #LadyLolas and tag me when you post your prep and or try one of my recipes so I can share your creations on my story xx . This week’s prep includes: . . 💛BREAKFAST – almond, coconut flakes and chia seed overnight oats with fresh strawberries. . 💙MORNING SNACK – Home set soy vanilla yoghurt with mixed nuts and a piece of fruit. . . 💜LUNCH – Quick and easy vegetarian wraps! I will add the full ingredient list on my website www.ladylolas.com soon. For next week’s lunch I’d like you to share in the comments section below a dish that you love, but wouldn’t necessarily know how to re-create into a healthy prep? I’ll choose one of your suggestions and create a new recipe to share with you next week! . . 💚AFTERNOON SNACK- @thecleantreatsfactory peanut butter protein ball and @tropeaka salted caramel shake. . . ❤️DINNER – team @hellofreshau 😍✊. Use code ‘KATIE40’ for 40% off your first box.

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Finally I can’t pass up an opportunity to send you to my instagram accounts! I have two @in_amandaland for travel and pretty things and @amandadoesweights for all things gym and fitness.

Look out for my next post in this series – The best instagrams to follow for workouts and let me know in the comments below if you have some great diet instagrams I should add to the list.

Related: The 2018 guide to working out with YouTube

The best instagrams to follow for diet

How to join the gym that’s right for you

How to find a gym that's right for you

I’m on a fit and strong journey to find my strongest self. Although I’ve had a number of missteps, one of the worst so far has been wasting a year of my life because I joined the wrong gym. I really wanted to share my experience and write a post about how to find a gym that’s right for you because it’s so important and makes such a difference to getting results.

I moved to a new city (hello Sydney!) at the end of 2016 and although I knew that I wanted to join a gym straight away I took my time to familiarise myself with my surroundings. When I was ready I had already researched the gyms that were close to home and work and I knew roughly what they provided.

One Saturday morning I toured the nearby gyms, visiting each location and receiving a tour of the facilities and equipment. The tours usually included a breakdown of rates and what you get for your money at each gym. I decided to do this around New Years Eve also so most of the gyms had some kind of special rate to lock you in for a 12 month contract.

I chose the gym I liked and I retuned after work on Monday to sign up for my membership. I got 7 days free and then I was locked in for 12 months.

The gym was a great facility with up to date equipment, plenty of space and it was only a short drive from my home. There were classes, personal trainers and everything that I needed to be successful.

It wasn’t long before I realised the gym was great on the surface but it just wasn’t for me. This resulted in me showing up sporadically for a year and walking on the treadmill for the best part of an hour then towards the end of the year I stopped going altogether.

I found that although the gym seemed like it would be great for me – the attitude of the staff and personal trainers wasn’t supportive, the weight room was intimidating for women and they didn’t do anything to alleviate that. Classes, even though they were on a great timetable never had availability or any booking system so although I wanted to try Spin and Barre, I could never get a spot because the people that went already had an ongoing book out of the spaces. Honestly, I probably could have complained about the situation but at this point I was disheartened and disengaged.

Coming from someone who has made this mistake, and really this was just the most recent iteration of this particular error here are my suggestions in finding the right gym for you:

Understand what you want in a gym

The first step in finding a gym that’s right for you is understanding how you will use it and what you want to get out of it. Are you looking for a gym that you can prioritise weight-training, cardio or yoga? Or are you looking for a gym that you can balance a number of different disciplines? The gym you’re looking for might not be traditional, you might flourish at a Crossfit gym or F45 instead.

The importance of understanding this early in the process is key in finding success when you do eventually make a commitment. If you’re in the very early stages of your fitness journey you may not know how you want to work out or what kind of work outs will be best for you, each gym will provide a trial generally 7 days in length but sometimes a bit longer, if you’re unsure at any point undertake trials at multiple gyms although this won’t show you how the gym will be in the long term, you’ll get an idea of how the gym operates and what the workouts and equipment is like.

Related: The 2018 Guide to working out with YouTube

Take a tour of potential gyms

Touring potential locations is an important step in the process, especially if you are able to do this at the time you would go and work out during your normal routine. A tour provides you with the opportunity to gauge how busy the gym is at the time and take a look at the equipment, extra facilities and changing facilities.

The gym staff should take you through the packages available and talk to you about a free trial so you have the opportunity to try first before making a more substantial commitment.

During these tours it’s important to ask a lot of questions like availability of Personal Trainers, what facilities are included in your membership, safety measures for when the gym is unmanned if there is 24 hour access and anything you might want to know about the locker and shower facilities.

Consider all the variables

Although it seems obvious but before you land on a gym considering all of the variables will help ensure you make the right decision. One of the reasons I went with my failed decision was purely on cost – I compared it to a far superior gym and because it was slightly cheaper I decided to go there instead. Although cost is a factor when deciding, to set yourself up for success this shouldn’t be the only factor you consider.

Think about how accessible the location is; do you feel comfortable with car parking and the location at night and is it easy to get to early in the morning?

What’s the general vibe of the staff that you’ve noticed?

What’s your deal breaker?

Ironically the gym that I’m at now where I’m finding all of my results was one of the locations I had initially considered, actually it was the one that I decided not to pay for because the cost was a little more than the brand I chose instead.

Now, I wish I had made the decision to just spend a little more money in the first place – I wouldn’t have wasted an entire year of my life trying to make something work that was never really right for me.I know now that my deal breaker was a number of things but mostly the support I was getting back from the brand I chose wasn’t enough for the commitment I made in sweat, money and time.

Now, I’m working with a Personal Trainer, I go to some fantastic classes, I train in the weight room and I’m more inclined to put more in to the gym myself because I get so much more out of it.

So before you decide: What’s your deal breaker?

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The 2018 guide to working out with YouTube

working out with YouTube in 2018I’m a gym bunny in that I bounce in and out of gym memberships 😂. My motivation for working out hasn’t been the best over the years. I’ve finally found a gym that I feel comfortable going to and I’m seeing results from. However, along my journey I’ve found multiple ways to workout on a budget generally when I haven’t felt like investing in my health and fitness has been a priority. One of the great tools I’ve found is YouTube.


Disclaimer: I am not a fitness professional. You should consult your physician for advice around any fitness decisions you plan to make. This guide is simply tools that I’ve found along my fitness journey in order to workout at home and save money. This blog is only my opinion and you should get professional advice.


Last year I joined a gym that I really didn’t like that much. I would go but just spend my time on the treadmill and other cardio equipment avoiding the weights room. The classes didn’t fit with my lifestyle at the time. I found the people at the gym intimidating. The gym really didn’t do much for me, I was at my doctors one day and he spoke with me about what I was doing in terms of exercise. I told him the story of my gym and how I just didn’t enjoy it. He promptly suggested I start working out at home. He and his wife had stopped going to the gym and were working out three times a week just with the aid of YouTube videos. He made a suggestion of who I should look up on YouTube and off I went.

It took me a few days but I eventually looked into the YouTube channel he had recommended.The YouTube thing really played on my mind – could I actually work out at home just with videos that I would be able to get for FREE?

My honest answer – I did do this, I’m back at the gym now with a totally different mindset and I’ve used four YouTube channels in particular to really kick start my fitness. I feel like finding these videos was part of the turning point for myself and my fitness – after finding them, I just started to get it. I still watch them sometimes and I use a number of the tips and tricks that they pass on in my fitness journey.

What do I need?

There are a few things that you will need to already have in order to workout at home with YouTube.

  • Importantly you’ll need a way to access YouTube. That might be on your TV, iPad, Laptop or Phone. Any way you can access the videos is great. I recommend a wifi connection so the videos don’t eat your data.
  • You’ll need a space that you can workout in.
  • I would recommend having some good shoes to workout in. You’ll need something to support your feet so you can safely complete the exercises.
  • Ensure you always have adequate water whenever you’re working out (stay hydrated people!).

One of the YouTube channels I’m about to discuss is a meal prep / food based channel. If you have the cooking skills it’s a great channel to watch for some tips and tricks.

Where to workout

The term ‘anywhere’ comes to mind. Let’s be real, unless you’re working out with a friend or in a park by yourself somewhere a little bit of space at home is going to be your best option.

I recommend doing the workouts with the videos in front of you and simply following along however if you know you’re going to go out and do something outside you can write down the exercises on your phone or simply search Pinterest for an outdoor workout (another great budget friendly option!).

Working out with free work outs on YouTube

There is A LOT of content on YouTube. And I’ve often searched high and low for some great videos. I recommend three channels for workouts, one for yoga and one for meal prep.

Blogilates

I love Blogilates! There’s a HUGE library of free Blogilates workout videos on YouTube. Started by Cassey Ho who has this particular way of making you feel really happy whilst you’re working out to her videos. Cassey has started her own form of pilates called PopPilates. I fully recommend you check out blogilates.com as well as the YouTube channel. There you can find printables and calendars to help you with your workouts and fitness journey. Fair warning though: these workouts look easy but they can be tough! Good luck!

Fitness Blender

“This workout is complete” are the words you’ll be longing to hear during one of Fitness Blender’s HIIT workouts. This was the channel that my doctor recommended to me. This fitness couple will have you in shape in no time with their huge library of free YouTube video workouts. Most of them are perfect for home. I recommend checking out their website fitnessblender.com where you will find some comprehensive information about their videos. They also have some programs you can purchase for a small fee.

Tone It Up

The Tone it up girls have built a huge empire and even had their own reality show. They have several workout videos available on YouTube and have some great at home workouts!

Yoga With Adrienne

Having a session at least once a week to properly stretch everything out and reset is a great addition to your fitness routine. Yoga with Adrienne is a great channel that takes you through yoga slowly and really teaches you how to do things.

Food ideas

I don’t generally turn to YouTube for food and recipe ideas. There’s plenty available on the internet as it is. Until one day I stumbled across Fit Couple Cooks and I found some amazing meal prep recipes. My personal favourite is their Healthy Pad Thai. They’ve recently released a book with their recipes and meal plans.

I really think finding these YouTube channels and starting to work out at home was a turning point for me. If this is the next step for you – I think you should take that step today.

2018 Guide to working out with YouTube - theamandaland.com

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I’m blogging here now

I love blogging. I’ve been a blogger for a long time in various different blogs. I’m blogging here now. I’d love to teach you how to blog!

Starting a new blog

Starting a new blog is like buying a new pair of shoes. Running shoes, not the Manolo Blahnik’s you’ve had your eye on for months and have saved every last cent for. No my friend, starting a new blog is more like going to the Nike store and picking out the shoes that you know will keep you comfortable for many miles on the road. A blog is great when it’s shiny and new but it needs work and there’s always room for improvement. As you evolve your blog does too – that’s what I love about blogging.

What I’ll be blogging about

My life has changed a lot since my older blogs. I used to blog secretly – my friends and family knew very little of my blogging and I used it as an outlet to discuss things happening in my life.

Life is so different now – I’ve changed my lifestyle and incorporated a lot of fitness and have some great goals I’m working toward. It’s very much a journey and I’m looking forward to sharing that on my blog.

I now live in Sydney, Australia which is a city begging to be explored. I love Sunday afternoon coastal walks and all of the great festivals and attractions that are around the city. It’s worth the flip side of expensive rents and long commutes.

I also love to travel. We go to Walt Disney World; a lot. I’m a huge Disney fan but I also love travelling in general. This year we’re going to New York and Las Vegas as well – I’m so excited! We’re also planning a trip back to Europe in 2019.

How can you start a blog?

I feel like if I’m blogging just for me – it’s a lifestyle blog but not much more than a diary and no one wants to read about my choice of Lululemon tights to pass their time – let’s be honest. One of my goals for this blog is to include something that helps others in every single post. As I’m now a bit of a veteran in setting up a blog and getting blogging I wanted to share how you can do this (it’s so easy!).

  1. Choose a name for your blog. This is important as you’ll need to set everything up so it reflects your blog name. From social media accounts, email and the web address where people can find you.
  2. Once you have a name you’ll need to decide where you’re going to host your blog.There are two options here, you can use a free website to host your blog like Blogspot or wordpress.com . These websites will host you on their platform and you can set up a blog for free. They have a number of great templates to choose from so you can customise the look and feel of your blog a little.
  3. If you want something more than what the free blog has to offer I recommend setting your blog up as self-hosted from the beginning. Self-hosted simply means that you own your domain name (www. address) and have purchased hosting or where your blog lives that is connected to your chosen domain name. I recommend this because as your blog grows you will control your own platform and have maximum flexibility. You’ll also be able to install wordpress.org which is powerful blog software that will give you ample flexibility.There are many places to purchase self hosted blogs and domain names. I recommend you look around and decide what works best for you, some sites will have specials on hosting and many will even give you a free domain name. Some of the most popular are Go Daddy, Bluehost and Squarespace. I personally use Go Daddy and purchased their wordpress hosting, they installed the software for me and within a matter of minutes I was ready to start setting things up.
  4. Now you’ll get to choose your theme which is basically the look and feel of your blog. I have purchased my themes in the past. I would recommend having a look at ETSY to find a theme that suits you this could be a reflection of your personality or simply how you want your blog to feel. Ensure you check your blog software and buy the correct template for whatever you choose to use. I use WordPress self-hosted on my domain name with the theme Irony by Hipster Themes.
  5. Finally, you’ll need to decide what plugins you want to use on your blog; these are little programs which help you with the look and feel. I suggest googling what is recommended for this as I could write about it but it would be a whole other post worth of content.
  6. When you’re happy with how you’ve set your blog up, which takes longer than expected if you want to play around a bit. You’re ready to blog!The only thing you really have to be set on is your blog name so you can set everything up how you want it from the beginning. Everything else can be changed later on.

Happy Blogging!

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